Thursday, August 26, 2010

All around the dinner table

One of my best memories of growing up was always the family meals. I can barey recall a night where we all weren't around the dinner table, TV off, in our respective chairs (did you have a specific chair at the table?) and talking about family stuff and sharing stories of our days. 

Dinner has turned into one of my most favorite times of day. I love cooking a meal for loved ones (the Hubs may argue I am trying to fatten him up...But hey I am living up to my wifely duties! and preparing his meals!). Whether it is a big production for a feast on a Sunday, for a dinner party with friends or just easy weeknight meals. To me there is something satisfying about eating at home. Home cooked food. 

So I thought I would share some of my favorite easy weeknight meals. My go to week night meals are nothing fancy, and dare I use the term semi-home made - I really despise that word! Hey I use a little help where I can! **Key word above EASY!!!! These are my quick, simple go to meals. After a long day at work, and then the gym (if I made it!LOL) I still want to eat something tasty and healthy! 

- Homemade Pizza: 
[What you need: Ready-made Dough -I get mine from Trader Joe's or Whole foods. Sauce - Marinara from a jar works great! Toppings - Whatever you like, we are extra cheesy with pepperoni folks - as in the photo. And I like to pile fresh spinach on top when it comes out of the oven - its adds a freshness and crunch!! And don't forget shaved parmesan on top too!]

Three main ingredients and voila deliciousness! I cook mine on a pizza stone at 375 for about 20-25 mins. 


- Grilled Chicken and fixings: 
This is probably one of the most common meals we...ahem I make during the week - the sides change each time, also I switch up the seasonings on the chicken. Below is Grilled Chicken served over pesto pasta, with a simple side salad. 

[What you need for this meal: 1 Pack of chicken tenders - rinse and then season with italian herds, Lawry's, S&P, Oregano, and olive oil then grill. 1/2 box of pasta (any kind, cook as directed), Pre-made Pesto - when pasta is done return to pot and cover with sauce. Salad - last night I had romaine and spinach on hand, chopped up and drizzled EVOO, Balsamic and a few cracks of black pepper]

Pretty Basic Right? Very quick, start to table around 30mins tops! We also do chicken with brown rice (Frozen from Trader Joes is my fav!) and steamed broccoli or chicken/brown rice and grilled zucchini. catching my drift right??? Meals don't have to be hard to be good!!! Promise. 


What are your go-to week night meals??? Do you have favorite quick meals? Share, I love adding more to the mix! 

I enjoy cooking so I love to share - Do you want more step by step? Or more 'inspiration' quick posts? Let me know - this bloggity thing is part collaboration you know?! 

8 comments:

  1. Look at you! Forget Luke cooking for us... YOU will be the chef!

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  2. Yum Taylor! I want to eat dinner at your house!!!



    xx
    Nikki

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  3. Taylor these all sound amazing!!! I definitely have some go to dinners. Turkey chili which I can have for two nights during the week. Salmon with pesto, baked tomatoes topped with the pesto and quinoa,chicken creole, whole wheat linguine primavera, and sometimes a little meze with olives, cheeses, artichokes and whatever else I happen to have in the house. I love the variety.

    Oh and I so had my own chair growing up :)

    Hope you're having a great week!

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  4. These all look great! If I were to cook, I'd definitely use these go-to dinners! Plus, we totally had our own chairs growing up. In fact, we still sorta do for Thanksgiving and such.

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  5. love this post , I wish I would cook more at home my husband and I love eating out grrr I cook every monday & Wed but its just cooking for two =)

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    I'm going to try doing that pizza yumm

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  6. All looks amazing! Always looking for new recipes to cook for the hubs. Thanks T!

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  7. This looks so good!!! Yum! I'm hungry now!

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  8. THis looks sooo good. I'm stealing the recipes! haha I need to start finding some good quick meals. I'm stuck in a tilapia rut lol.

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